Minnie Pearl, our American Eskimo puppy, is living up to her breed standard of being SUPER protective. Her newest “protector” behavior is making sure our mail person knows she is the sole protector of our home. When the mail person puts the mail into the mail slot, she waits for us to get it, then tries to grab it from our hands to “inspect” it before we open it.
Ah fun….yet another behavior we have to work on with her.
We keep her on a small leash at all times when she’s in the house to work on the “storming the door” behavior. It is mostly for keeping her by our side when a new person approaches the house. I read about it in my favorite dog training book, one I’ve written about before, Training the Best Dog Ever. I’m not sure we will ever cure her completely of this behavior, as it is part of her breed, however, we can control her from jumping on or harming someone through the use of the leash.
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